Three Loves, Two Countries: Three Things You Gotta Love About China

– Sometimes conversations in China turned sour.  The risk substantially increased after the novelty of being somewhere new wore off and culture shock set in.  Here it was very easy to idealize my beautiful country of golden fields and azure skies, and criticize my new home in the City of Perpetual Gloom.  You can try staying … Read More »

When It Rains, It Pours: Back in the Good Ol’ P.R.C.

– I do not know if I will be able to cope with the weather and culture shock.  I had spent the whole summer in America grilling, drinking good beer, updating my Facebook account, and stewing about returning to the Middle Kingdom. Two weeks back in country and it was raining girls and I kept forgetting … Read More »

A Review of China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter

– What Peter Hessler did in his memoir River Town, Tom Carter does with China: Portrait of a People.  A new wave of camera-toting expats will soon come to China hoping to follow in Carter’s footsteps. I write this within a week of coming back to America after a year of teaching English at university in … Read More »

Suffer the Little Children

– As the War on an Abstract Noun winds down with a crack down on cub scouts with suspicious names, and begins a small mop up procedure in Yemen, the world waits with trepidation to see whose next on America’s shit list. For all the laowai who bought knockoff bullshit detectors in a shopper’s paradise, I … Read More »

Myth-making in China

– I don’t know what I was expecting when I first came to China.  I knew that I wouldn’t be picking up the language or some Kung Fu or finding enlightenment in a Buddhist temple or becoming the first man to discover a shopper’s paradise.  I knew I could expect Blade Runner cities and Dickensian conditions.  … Read More »

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